The comptroller-general of the Federal Fire Service (FFS), Dr Liman A. Ibrahim, has assured Nigerians that the agency is better prepared and positioned to respond aptly and effectively to fire incidents and other emergencies.
This was contained in his end-of-year message to Nigerians, which was made available to the press by the spokesperson of the Service, Ugo Huan.
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He said efforts by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians, leading to the procurement of firefighting assets, training of staff and motivation.
He explained that before 2015, the FFS had only three rickety firefighting trucks, but now has 141 modern fire trucks, while its staff strength has increased from 600 to over 6,000.
Dr Ibrahim added that the service had also expanded from its initial presence in Lagos State and Abuja to all states of the federation.
He said, “All of these have resulted in the reduction of loss of lives and property from fire incidents.
“If you check our fire statistics this year, in comparison to other years, you will see that this year, there is a drop in the loss of lives—from 147 lives in 2020 to 70 lives in 2021 and increase in the estimated property saved, from 1.4 trillion in 2020 to 19.4 trillion in 2021.